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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 25-year-old man was acquitted of attempted rape of a young woman at a home in Nuku’alofa in May last year.
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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Neiafu, Vava'u
A project to strengthen sustainable management and recover selected commercial, aquaculture, and community fisheries in Tonga, funded by the World Bank was launched on 2 July in Neiafu, Vava’u.
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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s Rugby League Nine’s finished in 4th place after losing to Samoa in the Pacific Games bronze medal match yesterday, 16-12 in front of an excited crowd at Apia Park Stadium, where Fiji took the Gold.
Wednesday 10 July 2019

Geneva, Switzerland
From infrastructure damage caused by extreme weather events to drought-induced food insecurity, there are many climate risks for which the world should urgently be preparing. But one of the areas where climate change poses arguably the most significant risk is barely being discussed: human health. By Seth Berkley.
Wednesday 10 July 2019

Suva, Fiji
The big development issues facing the Pacific region will be debated in a new discussion series called ‘Future Pasifika’, with the first panel on healthy oceans set for July 15, broadcast worldwide from the University of the South Pacific Suva campus in partnership with the World Bank Group.
Wednesday 10 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new “Infringement Notice Regime” proposed to give teeth to the provisions of Tonga’s Communications Act of 2015 will allow government to issue penalties of between $1000 and $4000 when they believe a person has contravened the Act, without going to court.
Tuesday 9 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Regrets that the crowning of this year’s Miss Heilala Pageant “was not completed in the usual manner” were expressed by Tonga's Heilala Festival Director Hon. Semisi Sika and the President of the Tonga Tourist Association Siosaia Moehau today.
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Tuesday 9 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mrs Temaleti Manakovi ‘a Pahulu of Kolomotu’a has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ministry of Justice for a four year term, the Public Service Commission announced recently.
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Tuesday 9 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Tonga's Ministry of Public Enterprises, Sione Pulotu ‘Akau‘ola, has been reappointed for a four years term by the Public Service Commission.
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Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s Rugby League Nine’s team has progressed to today's semi-finals after winning over the Cook Islands 8-4 in rainy conditions yesterday, 8 July, at Apia Park Stadium in Samoa. Tonga meets PNG at 2:00pm.
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Monday 8 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Flagbearer and shot-putter, ‘Atamaama Tu’utafaiva led Tonga’s athletes in a parade of nations, which opened proceedings at the 2019 Pacific Games opening ceremony held at Apia Park Stadium in Samoa, yesterday, 7 July. Around 4000 athletes are taking part in 27 sports. The Pacific Games will run until 20 July.
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Monday 8 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight tennis players representing Tonga at the Pacific Games in Samoa over the next few weeks were in the kingdom last week to sharpen their skills and showcase their trade to the locals.
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Monday 8 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The highly successful annual One Tonga Concert never fails to impress, and last night’s musical evening of “Glorifying God in Song” brought colour, passion and a sense of community to the stage in a special performance for the 60th birthday of King Tupou VI at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall in Nuku‘alofa. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 8 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Dongguan Cultural Troupe of performers travelled from China to present a special Royal Performance in celebration of the 60th birthday of HM King Tupou VI in Nuku'alofa. Masterful face-changing by performer Fang Wenquiang captivated the audience in an exotic and colourful show. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
Saturday 6 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Attempts were made to silence the outgoing Miss Heilala 2018, Kalo Funganitao, after Miss Heilala officials tonight unplugged her microphone during her final speech. Kalo had started to voice her struggles over the past year, and criticized Tongan organisers for their lack of support at the Miss Pacific Islands beauty pageant held in Nuku'alofa last year.
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Saturday 6 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yehenara Soukoup (20) won the crown of the Miss Heilala 2019 early this morning Saturday, July 6 at the Miss Heilala Ball held at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall, in a dramatic finale. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 5 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sunshine came out this morning in Nuku'alofa, and King Tupou VI was treated to a special visit of the Waka of Kiingi Tuheitia to Tonga, with the Taatahiora Regatta and Salute at the Domestic Wharf. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 5 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's National Team traveling to the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa, left Tonga yesterday morning on a Real Tonga charter flight. The flight was the first charter by the local airline of a B737-300.
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Friday 5 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bail hearing for Paula Naitoko (59) the Senior Customs Officer charged in the major seizure of illicit drugs in April at the Queen Salote Wharf had his case adjourned to July 12.
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Friday 5 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A colourful Heilala floats parade on Taufa'ahau Road attracted hundreds of people lining the roads in the Nuku'alofa CBD on July 4, a public holiday to mark King Tupou VI's 60th birthday, and happily without the rain that had caused cancellation of some events over the last few days. Photos by Linny Folau and Eleanor Gee.
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